Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 462

Full Length Research Paper

Training needs assessment of smallholder farmers in rice post-harvest value addition technologies in the Southern Region of Sierra Leone

Philip Jimia Kamanda
  • Philip Jimia Kamanda
  • Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, School of Agriculture and Food Science, Njala University, Njala Campus, Private Mail Bag 47235, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Ernest Laryea Okorley
  • Ernest Laryea Okorley
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
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Masa Veronica Motaung
  • Masa Veronica Motaung
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 06 January 2022
  •  Accepted: 07 April 2022
  •  Published: 30 June 2022

Abstract

Training needs assessment study was conducted on rice post-harvest value addition technologies. The study was done in the Southern Region of Sierra Leone to assess the competence of smallholder farmers in rice post-harvest value addition. As a quantitative research method, a descriptive research design, which called for a survey by randomly and proportionately selecting 400 smallholder farmers across the four districts in the region (Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba, and Pujehun) was done. Quantitative primary data were sought from smallholder farmers through a structured interview schedule that contained 55 post-harvest value addition items. Training needs of smallholder farmers in rice post-harvest value addition were analyzed and ranked by using the Mean Weighted Discrepancy Score (MWDS) of the Borich Needs Assessment Model. Use of power tiller (10.48), harvesting paddy with combine harvester (9.95), keeping moisture content of grains at or below 14% wet basis (8.98), use of rice separator to grade broken rice (8.91), use of a machine to remove unfilled grains (8.34), and use of moisture meter to test for moisture content in rice (8.16) were among the highly ranked rice post-harvest value addition items where priority training needs were expressed by smallholder farmers in the study area districts.

Key words: Competence, post-harvest technologies, smallholder farmers, Southern region, training needs, value addition.